Bullpen Blows it – Again! AL/NL East Races Tight!

Last night’s loss to the Ranger’s was the hardest to watch and most difficult to swallow. The bullpen blew it… specifically Fernado Rodney. And, there wasn’t much help from HP ump Angel Hernandez,  who wouldn’t allow an appeal on a possible strike out to Michael Young in the ninth. It wasn’t much fun to watch Jim Leyland meltdown after this one was finally over. He actually had to be restrained by the other umpires officiating last night’s game. He’s frustrated with the season. I don’t blame him. Hernandez just happened to be in the line of fire. Anyway you look at it, we lost another.

Come to think of it, maybe this one really wasn’t as bad as other losses I’ve seen this season. Have you ever bumped your elbow on the funny bone? Ouch! Then bumped it in the same spot later? Double Ouch! Then again. You know where I’m going… If you keep hitting the same spot over and over, it’s not so much that you’re getting hit, it’s just that the area is tender. The pain just naturally feels worse. That’s what I’m feeling here.

The streak is at 6. DET 4  TEX 5

Tonight the Bengal’s send Freddy Garcia to the mound for his first start of the season. Texas will counter with Dustin Nippert. He’s 3-4 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.

If Garcia performs well, we have a pretty good chance to put a halt to this losing streak!

 TIGHT RACES/PREDICTIONS

This is September and that means scoreboard watching! It’s virtually turned into a toss-up in a couple of the races.

Don’t count out the Mets! This isn’t last year. Quit comparing this team to the team that collapsed at the end of the season in 2007. Yes, they’ve lost ground since August. But, I don’t think they’re finished. Not yet!

I don’t know what the AL East will look like when all is said and done. I would like to see Tampa Bay get in there though as something other than the wild-card. You know what I’m saying!

White Sox will take the Central. No question about it.

Cubs and Dodgers will be in the play-offs as well!

Are you already thinking about potential series match-ups? I am.

Cubs and White Sox?

Angels and Dodgers?

Mmmm.. the fun is only just beginning.

 JETER GETS 1271

Before Yankee Stadium shuts out the lights for the last time, one more record has been broken. Derek Jeter stands alone in the hits at Yankee Stadium record… surpassing Lou Gehrig.

Congratulations on the milestone!

Although born in New Jersey, Jeter was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan!

 GARY SHEFFIELD

Speaking of milestones, Shef is still looking for number 500. He’s currently at 497. Well now, that’s nothing that a little 3 homer game can’t cure. Wouldn’t it be nice? He’s never hit three out of the park in one game before!

 2009 TIGERS SCHEDULE

The Detroit Tigers open their ’09 campaign on the road in Toronto on April 6th. The home opener is against Texas on April 10th. I’m pretty excited to see the Cubs are going to be coming to Comerica Park June 23 – 25. I like the inter-league games. It’s a chance to see teams that you don’t see often… Colorado and Milwaukee are coming back, too. Minnesota and the White Sox are going to be in town to wrap up the season. Imagine if we’re in a pennant race next year!

I’m getting chills just thinking about it!

 

~Skip

  

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